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Three Barrow hoops athletes honored by Region 8-AAAAA

POSTED: February 22, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Adam Wynn/Barrow County News

Lady Bulldogg Jasmine Lyles stands between Lady 'Noles Shay Tarver and Ayanna Mitchell Wednesday night.

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Region 8-AAAAA honored their best hoop stars Wednesday night after each of the tournament title games, with the women being honored after Clarke’s Lady Gladiators defeated region favorite Salem and the men being honored after Clarke’s men’s team defeated the hometown Apalachee Wildcats.

Barrow County sent three athletes to the line Wednesday night; four with one young woman who was a resident of the county as recently as last November.

Lady Bulldogg Jasmine Lyles was the sole female honoree from either Apalachee or Winder-Barrow, being named to the All-Region team along with Loganville’s Aryanna Gerald, Gainesville’s Taylor Hawks, Flowery Branch’s Breanna Locke, Heritage’s Ania Kiett, Cedar Shoals’ Kierra Curry, and a trio from the top two women’s teams in the region.

Clarke Central honored three young women, including former Apalachee standout Jasmine Bell. Bell transferred to Clarke at the beginning of the season.

The Lady Seminoles also had three players named to the All-Region team, including Region Player of the Year Ayanna Mitchell.

Winder-Barrow’s Lyles led the Lady Doggs with an average of 10 points per game, along with 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 4.6 steals per game. Lyles was the statistical leader for the Lady Doggs in scoring, assists and steals.

For the men, Apalachee Wildcats Kamar Baldwin and Kent Knowles joined a talented field of individuals from the region at center court after their loss to Clarke Central and Region 8-AAAAA Player of the Year Cameron Johnson.

Johnson was one of three Clarke athletes named to the All-Region team, along with Donivan Thompson and Leroy Legette. Salem’s Austin Samuel, Loganville’s Marquis Leslie, Heritage Patriot Rashad Jones, and Gainesville leader Luke Maddox joined Cedar Shoals stars Jamyiah Mattox and D’Andre Mahaffey on the All-Region team.

Knowles was often described as the on-court leader for the Wildcats, and it showed in his statistical production. In 23 games, Knowles hit 46 two-point field goals out of 87 attempted, more than 50%, and scored 48 shots from beyond the arc out of 111 for an impressive 30% accuracy from long range.

Overall, Knowles had 292 points and was the second-leading scorer for the 2013-14 Wildcats.

The leading scorer, Baldwin, finished the season with an astounding 655 points and averaged 27.3 points per game. Out of Apalachee’s 1,894 points, Baldwin scored 35.42%. He also boasted a 61% accuracy from inside the perimeter, making 169 of his 275 attempts, and shooting 56-of-131 from outside the perimeter for an equally astounding 43% from long range.

Not to ignore his best numbers, Baldwin also tallied an 81% free throw percentage and an incredible 49 blocks with 200 defensive rebounds.

Baldwin and Knowles also had opportunities to improve on their numbers with last night’s state tournament game against M.L. King.

Apalachee was one of just three schools in Region 8-AAAAA, out of nine member institutions, to feature multiple All-Region honorees, along with Athens-area’s Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals.



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